Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Yiddish on the Streets of NY in 1932

Scene from 'Taxi!' Warner Bros 1932 Dir. Roy Del Ruth
Jewish Man: Jesse de Vorska
Cop: Robert Emmett O'Connor

Cagney claimed in his autobiography (Cagney on Cagney, 1976) that this scene was improvised on set, to make use of his fluency in Yiddish, learned on the streets of New York in his youth. A delightful example, perhaps, of 'multiculturalism' in action.

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